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The Communist Manifesto [Kindle Edition]

Friedrich Engels , Karl Marx
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"L.M. Findlay's excellent translation of The Communist Manifesto, embedded in a splendid introduction and a most carefully chosen appendix of Marx and Engels pieces, superbly places this nineteenth-century classic in an extraordinary historical context. There is no other edition at the moment that can match its quality in terms of translation, and its substance in terms of historical context." (Renate Holub, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies)

"Findlay engages the reader by depicting how personal and historical events shaped the thinking of Marx and Engels. At the same time, he clarifies why Marx and Engels pursue the manifesto format, explains its historical significance as a political genre, and highlights the importance of Marxist concerns in the post-industrial, post-Cold War era. Combined with the excellent array of appendices, Findlay's translation should enrich readers' understanding of the Manifesto's historical context and help solidify their understanding of the fundamentals of Marxism." (Bryon Moraski)

"Findlay's new edition of The Communist Manifesto is very scholarly, and the additional documents are a real bonus, providing an interesting context for the work. All in all, this is an excellent edition." (Walter Adamson)

"A great teaching text." (James Tully) --Online

About the Author

Karl Heinrich Marx, (5 May 1818 14 March 1883) was a Prussian-German philosopher and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the establishment of the social sciences and the development of the socialist movement. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for our understanding of labor and its relation to capital, and has influenced much of subsequent economic thought. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867 1894).

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must read, but not necessarily a must like August 30, 2011
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Though originally written in 1848, The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels ended up exerting its greatest influence in the following century. No other book had a more profound effect on 20th-century history in terms of lives affected, governments overthrown, nations transformed, people killed or displaced, and the expenditure of time, money, and energy either for or against it. Given the fact that America was so preoccupied with the threat of Communism for decades, it's surprising how few Americans ever took the time to read the actual battle cry of their nemesis. Due to its historical importance, Communism is a political philosophy that must either be accepted or refuted, but cannot be ignored. Nevertheless, my intention here is not to critique Communism as a philosophy but rather to critique the Manifesto as a book.

A common misconception is that this book is the founding document of Communism, but in reality Communism was well-known as an active political school in Europe at the time the Manifesto was published. The purpose of the Manifesto was to ignite and unite the faithful, recruit the curious, and frighten the bourgeoisie. The authors assumed a prior knowledge of Communism on the part of the reader, and as such the text spends more time clarifying the doctrine of Communism than it does declaring it outright. Because it's a manifesto rather than a full-fledged philosophical treatise, its full of bold, undefended statements. Here you won't find well-reasoned arguments extolling the virtues of Communism, nor detailed explanations as to how exactly the world would be run following the triumph of the Revolution. For that you'll have to look elsewhere in Marx's oeuvre.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read. October 18, 2012
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Had heard about this for years when still in school but never read it. Finally got around to it. Not what I expected. Has some interesting ideas and I promise, it won't turn you into an instant communist. If you want a primer on how other forms of government think this is a good place to start.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic thought February 25, 2013
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There is a lot more here than what was put into practice by the Soviet Block. I'd rather not accept the general rejection of Communist thought without being informed personally. It should be read by anyone interested in political thought and influences. This thinking is pretty much rejected and without expression in the United States, but it is alive and well in most of the rest of the world, most especially in many European countries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book January 27, 2014
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It's neat how something that was written so long ago still has the ability to clearly explain things that are still happening today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equipping our minds with great thoughts October 15, 2013
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Although it was written over one and a half century ago, it is still a provocative pieace of work that can inspire people's thoughts. What is more, the analysis as well as the social facts on which those analysis was based are still reminicent to the present situation all over the world, especially in some developing countries. As one of the only left countries ruled by the Communist party, China has unfortunately barely achieved the goals depited in the Manifesto. And it is just because of the lack of achievement that stimulates us to think more, and by reading the Manisfesto we could be equipped with better critical weapons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of product June 23, 2013
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a good and accessible edition. Print size makes reading easy and the kindle makes an essential text very available for me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Intro To Karl January 13, 2014
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If you really want to get know Marx and what he was talking about Das Kaptial is the book to read, but this is a fitting introduction to his ideas and the subtleties which distinguish Marxism from Communism.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Worth reading from an historical perspective. The language is difficult to follow and requires a couple of readings to get the gist of his meaning. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Daniel McDevitt
3.0 out of 5 stars More relevant than ever
This is a pretty decent edition of the Communist Manifesto. Would be great for a classroom review. Highly recommended to anyone interested in class structures and reactionary... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Joseph Brendan Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read for reference
I think everyone should read this at some point. It's short, it's fairly easy to understand once you get past the long-winded philosophical formatting and it's a good reference to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Adam Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Book
Had to buy it for a class, good size, simple, perfect for what I needed it for. Not something decorative to put on your shelf, but if you are just needing it for a book report, its... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tev Sugarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice reading copy, very convenient.
It's wonderful to find so many old classics on Kindle. Most are free or less than a dollar. It's so convenient to be able to search the text electronically.
Published 7 days ago by Joan
1.0 out of 5 stars The incomplete thoughts of a loser
Karl Marx and his manifesto highlight everything that is wrong with the civilized world today. The assumption that anyone that does better than you do in life cheated, and that... Read more
Published 11 days ago by M dubb
3.0 out of 5 stars it is ok
Short, maybe find something with more or even a collection, but the print is good and the text is big enough to read clearly.
Published 12 days ago by Mahal
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book, no matter your ideology preferences
I liked some concepts and ideas, others are very unrealistic given the nature of humans. It's a good idea canalized the wrong way. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Daniel Morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx tells it like it is. Scary.
Wow.. no wonder this book was demonized! If more people will read this book: people will wake the hell up!
Published 15 days ago by Malachi A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth has No agenda!
Commies don't get it- you can never control the masses but they keep trying! People don't want chains, they want freedom. Read more
Published 16 days ago by christine sneberger
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